About Ready for Life

Board of Direcotrs

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Dan Haskins, M.B.A, J.D., is currently serving as a Development Officer at the Good News Rescue Mission.  He joined Ready for Life’s Board in July of 2008.  Dan served as a Deputy District Attorney for Shasta County before going into private practice for 11 years focusing on employment/labor relations law, business, corporate, real estate and construction law for.  Other areas of practice include conservatorships, guardianships, wills and trusts.

After leaving private practice, Dan become a professor at Simpson University teaching courses in Human Resource Management, Business Law, Ethics in Management, Business Strategy and Policy, etc.  He also became chair of the Business Department where his duties included strategic planning, curriculum design and department budget management.  During his tenure at Simpson, he became the Director of Development wherein he focused on strategic planning, management of a capital campaign, major donor gift program and grant writing program. 

I joined the Ready for Life Board for several reasons. First, when I worked as an attorney in the Redding area in the 80s and 90s I represented adopting parents in their adoptions, including some foster children adoptions. Through that experience I developed a tender heart for foster children who had had a difficult life, but were given a second chance at a better life through foster adoption.  Second, I wanted to do what I could to hopefully be a part of making a difference in the life of foster kids in our area by serving on the board. I count it an honor to represent Ready for Life in this capacity.

Nena Panza, Chief Executive Officer for Ready for Life Foster Family Agency, has more than 20 years experience in foster family agency management and administration. In addition, she was a foster parent for ten years and had more than thirty children, ages 18 months to 18 years live in her home. Her vision is to see foster children be socially, vocationally and spiritually Ready for Life. She is dedicated to seeing children succeed and be responsible young adults.

Lonnie Julius, M.A., is the Community Relations Coordinator for The Vistas Assisted Living and Memory Care Community.  Lonnie enjoys building relationships in the community and assisting new residents through the move-in process. Lonnie actively represents the Vistas through community projects and works side-by-side with Life Enrichment to bridge the Vistas family with the greater Redding Community. After working with the company for two years, she decided to further her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology.  This led her into the field of school-based counseling where she worked with at-risk youth age 5-18. She is familiar with assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, MediCal billing and family therapy. Lonnie also has experience as a Marriage and Family therapist providing one-on-one counseling services for clients.

Lonnie is the proud mother of a 7-year-old. In her spare time, she enjoys all the nuances of motherhood along with spending time traveling. She has had the privilege of traveling to 22 countries and 19 states. Of the things she has experienced, Lonnie says that investing in the life of people is her greatest joy.  Her warm and fun personality makes everyone feel welcome. Previously, she worked for several local foster family agencies serving in various capacities and has a strong understanding of the service population and programs and services for foster youth including transitional housing, family visitation, Independent Living Program and Intensive Treatment Foster Care services.

Lonnie joined the Board for Ready for Life because she believes in the mission, vision and values.  “I love the heart and leadership of Nena, CEO/Administrator, and stand behind her 100%.  I adopted my child and therefore adoptions and child welfare are a passion of mine.” I have been on the board since July 2015.

Simeon JonesM.A., LMFT, joined the Ready for Life Board in July of 2014.  Simeon is presently working at North American Mental Health as Director of Clinical Services and is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Simeon specializes in working with adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression, relational difficulties, and those looking to successfully navigate life change. His clinical style of therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness work.

Previously, Simeon served as the Clinical Director of a 16 bed adult inpatient psychiatric facility in Shasta County.  In his role he was responsible for all clinical activity and staff supervision, development, ongoing assessment policies and procedure, risk management, and development and design of the clinical program. In Los Angeles County he was a member of the Disaster Preparedness Committee, and an evaluator for the program PsyStart. He has been very involved within the communities of the North state working to better serve the mental health needs of people in 13 counties (including Shasta and Tehama).

He is also a life coach specializing in working with physicians, and has spoken at conferences around the country on subjects ranging from ‘achieving positive life change’, to ‘managing high maintenance relationships’ and is certified as an Associate Instructor for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

I joined the board because I have a heart for children and families, and believe in the mission of Ready for Life to promote the welfare of vulnerable children in all ways, including mental health.   

Stephanie McCollum is the Executive Assistant to the Public Works Director at the City of Redding. Stephanie has been with the City for 15 years and enjoys serving the community as related to Public Works projects and RABA.

Stephanie has been married to her husband, Steve, for 32 years. They have two grown children and one grand child. Being a grandparent really is the best thing!

I joined the Ready for Life Board because I believe in the mission and values they profess. I believe in promoting the best welfare of children and providing enrichment through proper placement of children in loving nurturing environment.

This is my first year on the Board and am excited to be a part of something so beneficial to our community and the children in which they serve.

Susan Guiton is the Lead Personnel Assistant- Confidential with Shasta County Support Services- Personnel, she has been with the County for 16 years. Susan's career path began with Shasta County because of their commitment to feed, house and clothe those in the community. Susan currently is the Director of Women's Ministries and sits on the Governing Board at Risen King Community Church.

Susan is also very involved in the "Stand Against Stigma" project concerning suicide and the effects on society and families. She speaks at schools, local organizations and churches about her experience with the death of her young nephew and how we can process the pain and have hope for the future.

Susan has been married to her husband Mark for 20 years and has three beautiful children of her own and three amazing step children. Yes, the Brady bunch. The family welcomed their first grand baby in early 2017, this sweet baby girl has filled their house with joy and giggles. They are looking forward to many more grand babies in the future.

Susan joined the Ready for Life Board because of the genuine heart that she sees in Nena as she examples the mission, vision and values. Susan shares her heart and desire to love with compassion while servingchildren in a non profit, faith-based, agency who are committed to providing safe and comforting homes to children in need.

Great things are in store for this agency and I am grateful to be a part of it!